NEW YORK (1010 WINS / WCBS 880) — Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration has formally challenged the results of the 2010 U.S. Census, charging that the government grossly overstated the number of vacant housing units in parts of Brooklyn and Queens.

Joseph Salvo, of the New York City Department of Planning, told 1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks “there is no question that there was an error in the enumeration” with regards to the assessment in Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, Astoria and Jackson Heights.

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“These are vibrant areas and according to the Census Bureau, they experienced an increase in vacant housing units to the tune of several hundred percent,” Salvo said.

Salvo argued the alleged mistake in the Census numbers could cost New York millions of dollars in federal aid.

“It’s certainly millions of dollars without question. I can’t put an exact number of it,” he said.

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Salvo said he was optimistic that if the bureau found that there was a processing error, the Census Bureau would fix the problem.

“There is no question that something went awry in the Census Bureau’s operation when you look at the data for these two areas,” Salvo said. “I’m sure they’ll fix it.”

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  1. jdhs223 says:

    Absolutely. I worked in one of the offices and could hardly stand the level of inefficiency and ineffectiveness rampant throughout the organization. It was just not a well run operation and while I wasn’t involved in the field operations (counting) myself, I could easily see housing units that were originally marked “no one answered the door” getting turned into assumed “vacant” markings.

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